Akash Missile

Date: May 06, 2015

Surface to Air missile Army Air Force

It is India’s first indigenously designed, developed and produced medium range Surface to Air missile.The missile system can target aircraft up to 25 km away, at altitudes up to 18,000 m.A nuclear warhead could potentially give the missile the capability to destroy both aircraft and warheads from ballistic missiles.It can be used by both Army and Air Force.The Akash system is fully mobile and capable of protecting a moving convoy of vehicles.The system provides air defence missile coverage for an area of 2,000 km².Akash flies at supersonic speed, reaching around Mach 2.5.A self-destruct device is also integrated. It is propelled by an Integrated Ramjet Rocket Engine. The use of a ramjet propulsion system enables sustained speeds without deceleration throughout its flight.The Missile has command guidance in its entire flight.Akash missiles are designed to be launched from static or mobile platforms, including battle tanks and wheeled trucks, providing flexible deployment.It can handle multiple targets and destroy manoeuvring targets, such as unmanned aerial vehicles, fighter aircraft, cruise missiles and missiles launched from helicopters.It is developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).

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